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Socialization: The “S” Word

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Socialization

Page 2: Links about Socialization and Homeschoolers

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What is socialization? Studies showing the comparison of the social adjustment of homeschoolers vs. school children. Articles about the social skills of homeschooled children, and the effect on their development by being around adults a lot.

Are Homeschooled Kids Destined to Become Social Misfits in Adulthood?
Opinions are worthless when it comes to silencing your critics – research is what you need. Here is what the research says about socialization and homeschooling – you’re gonna love it!

But What About The Prom?
You think I’m making too big a deal about the prom question? I don’t think so. By Jackie Orsi. The Link.

But What About Socialization?
On Mondays and Wednesdays, I will personally corner my son in the bathroom, give him a wedgie and take his lunch money. From the Kolbe Little Home Journal (Fall 2005).

Children’s Peer Relationships
Critical are the skills needed to initiate and maintain social relationships and to resolve social conflicts, including communication, compromise, and tact.

Christine Jones’ Rant
Is being a human resource, to be molded and shaped for government use and for being on the assembly line, your definition of socialization? Yahoo membership required.

Common Objections To Homeschooling
Answered by John Holt. A good resource for those facing too many objections to their decision to homeschool.

Dear GHF: What About Socialization?
If one more well-meaning person asks me, upon learning that we homeschool, “What are you doing for socialization?” I think my head will explode.

The Development of Social Competence in Children
Researchers have tried to pinpoint the origins of positive social adjustment in relation to genetic, familial, educational, and other factors. Sherri Oden.


Elephants Teach Socializaton
Someone suggested that if the behavior of these “juvenile delinquent pachyderms” was in part due to the lack of a good role model, then maybe providing them with a good role model would help to reverse the trend. By Deborah Kloeppel.

Homeschool Hangouts & Socialization Situations
31 Day Boot Camp for New Homeschoolers. Grasping a little more clearer how homeschool groups function will help you to find places for you and your children to socialize and maybe even set up field trips yourself.

Homeschooling and the Myth of Socialization
Manfred B. Zysk. Go to your local public school, walk down the hallways and see what behaviors you would want your child to emulate.

Homeschooling and the Redefinition of Citizenship
A. Bruce Arai, Wilfrid Laurier University. This paper frames these debates within the broader issues of citizenship and citizenship education.

Homeschooling and the Question of Socialization Revisited
Richard G. Medlin, Stetson University. An alarmist view of homeschooling, therefore, is not supported by empirical research. It is suggested that future studies focus not on outcomes of socialization but on the process itself. Peabody Journal of Education: Issues of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vol. 88, No. 3.

Home Schooling and Socialization of Children
By Nola Kortner Aiex, in ERIC. The home-schooled youngster does as well in measures of interpersonal skills and communication skills as the conventionally schooled child.

Homeschooling Is Best
AN A to Z ARTICLE
Rebuttal from your guide to Tracy Pope who wrote “Classroom is Best” in the “Bay Area Parent.”

Homeschooling and the S-Word (Socialization)
Tell someone that you homeschool, and the first question that you get is probably about the s-word– socialization. A blog hop.

How Secular Homeschooling Affects Socialization
Homeschooling socialization is different, and some people always find “different” threatening. For the rest of us, different is interesting, and in some cases, a way of life. by Theresa Ryder.

I am Homeschooling Because I Want My Kids Socialized
That was the only answer I could think of to tell the lady in the checkout line at the store. Hopefully, that would nip in the bud any further questioning of the new lifestyle my husband and I had embraced.

Living Joyfully With Children
AN A to Z ARTICLE
Win and Bill Sweet: maximize freedom and success, minimize fear and failure. Act on this 4 times a day and you’ll succeed.

Marvin Minsky Comment on Schooling
“Many of our foremost achievers developed under conditions that are not much like those of present-day mass education.” On Sunday, January 24, 2016, the world lost Marvin Minsky, one of its greatest minds in science. As a founding faculty member of the Media Lab, he brought equal measures of humor and deep thinking, always seeing the world differently.

McGruff Advice for Staying Safe
When some ask about “Socialization” they are sometimes concerned about whether our kids will be “street wise.” Here are some lessons your child should learn.

Paula’s Archives – Socialization
A number of posts about the socialization of homeschooled children and why these parents prefer the socialization skills learn through the home.

Questioning Socialization
I have found that asking someone who is concerned about “socialization” just what *they* mean by “socialization” can be a really interesting and revealing experience. Besides, often the person will get so involved in explaining their particular concerns they end up answering their own questions, letting you off the hook. By Sandy Keane

The Real World
Besides hearing the socialization question, another question heard frequently is whether your children will be ready for The Real World. By Manfred Smith.

Rural Home Schooling and Place-Based Education
Place-based educators use local particulars to teach universal concepts, engage students in community life, and involve people and resources unique to the home community. By Rebecca Jaycox.

Six-Lesson Schoolteacher
By John Taylor Gatto, New York State Teacher of the Year, 1991. If you pay for these “socialization” lessons, you should know what is taught.

The “S” Word
Sylvia Sims and her family rushed through the week, spent Saturdays on the soccer field and Sundays were saved for church and of course the ever mythical fairy, Quality Time.

Sociability of Students in a Home-based Charter School
AN A to Z ARTICLE
The results of Craig Butz’s study indicate that students who are educated in the home-based charter school are not adversely affected in their socialization ability.

Social Skills and Homeschooling: Myths and Facts
“The idea that children need to be around many other youngsters in order to be ‘socialized,'” Dr. Moore writes, is perhaps the most dangerous and extravagant myth in education and child rearing today.”

Socialization is a Bunch of Malarkey
The real question is, do I want my children to “behave in a manner approved by” kids their own age? Which brings me to a story about our dog. By Jamie.

Socialization: A Great Reason to Keep Your Child Out of School
Larry Edward Shyers obtained a Ph.D. degree at the University of Florida in part by conducting research reported in his thesis, Comparison of Social Adjustment Between Home and Traditionally Schooled Students.

Socialization and Christian Children
For 4 years I have homeschooled and I have very well rounded children that can carry on a conversation in a polite and intelligent manner. Yet I am still questioned about socialization, even by other christians.

Socialization and the Homeschooled Student
Because children schooled at home have the opportunity to interact with a greater representation of the society on a daily basis, they are generally more likely to be socialized to a greater variety of social situations. By Michelle Barone, a licensed marriage and family therapist.

Socialization – A Homeschool Hallucination?
In the spirit of preparation and not condemnation and because I always want to say “it looks like a prison to me” which is probably not the most gracious reply to someone in public school, I have created a list of “one liners and comebacks.” By Tina.


Socialization Issues
Fred Worth pretty much covers all the objections in a delightfully insightful manner.

Teens, homeschooling, and the lonely crowd
But to me, one of the most interesting things about homeschooling is that it turns the anti-homeschooling argument on its head, and underlines the ways in which contemporary schooling itself is deeply isolating. By Eve Tushnet.

That Dreaded “S” Word
It is so difficult to counter the well meaning, but often not well thought-out question from friends or family when we know they are genuinely concerned, but not necessarily seeing the homeschool advantage in this.

We Homeschool – Save the Pity, Please
No one cringed, winced, apologized to my daughter, or said, “That’s too bad.” I’ve had many pity parties held in my honor because of the choice we made to homeschool.

What About Socialization?
AN A to Z ARTICLE
Two women meet at a playground, where their children are swinging and playing ball. The women are sitting on a bench watching. Eventually, they begin to talk.

Yes, My Grown Homeschooled Children Are Odd — And Yours Will Be Too!
By Diane Flynn Keith. I’ll tell you what I think. The truth is, homeschoolers are not well-socialized. here. I’ve said it. Someone had to.


You Were Homeschooled?
Yes, the bubbly, loud, personable (and I’d like to think fashionable) blonde before them was, in fact…taught from home. By Bailey Vincent Clark, Freelance Writer, Health Columnist, and Student for Life.

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